Macon, Georgia (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's first trip of his presidential campaign brought him home to a warm welcome in Georgia on Friday night.
The former Georgia congressman and House speaker addressed the Georgia State Republican Party's Victory Celebration in Macon, which gave him two standing ovations in a mostly full ballroom at the city's Centreplex venue.
Fresh off a Wednesday Twitter announcement that linked to a message declaring his candidacy, Gingrich battled bad allergies on Friday. Through several coughs and sniffles, he laid out his plans for the economy, national security and his desire to achieve what he calls "American exceptionalism."
Gingrich said Americans faced "the most consequential election since 1860," the year that Abraham Lincoln was elected president, citing the "enormous" differences between himself and President Barack Obama.
A second term of the Obama administration means a nation where "politicians define" and "bureaucrats implement the future."
In a Gingrich administration, he said, "Every American will have a chance to pursue happiness without being dictated to by bureaucrats, politicians and judges."
"If you believe in America as a unique place, then we want you to be on our side," he said.
Gingrich, who is often criticized for having big ideas and not enough focus to be a serious contender for the nomination, said the most important welfare program is employment. He listed four specific changes he would make to taxes that he thinks would stimulate the economy: eliminating capital gains tax, moving the corporate tax rate back to 12.5 percent and eliminating the estate tax.
In a state where farming is still vital to many local economies, his desire to allow businesses to write off equipment expenses was met with some of the loudest applause of the evening.
For the second time in a day, Gingrich called Obama "the most successful food stamps president."
"I would like to be the most successful paycheck president," Gingrich said, drawing applause from the crowd.
As an apparent slight to Obama's foreign policy, Gingrich said he'd like an "American foreign policy" that is rooted in "doing what's right for Americans."
Gingrich offered no praise for the Obama administration and its role in the mission that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but stressed the need for the United States to reevaluate its relationship with Pakistan, where it is believed bin Laden had been living for at least six years.
He ended his remarks asking for help from Georgia Republicans to become leaders in his campaign.
It would just kill you Republican to have President Obama a little bit of credit for getting OBL,and It took a lot of guts to make a call like that. If It would have gone wrong for some reason , you Republican wouldn't have any trouble putting the Blame on him than. I still would like to know how a man that had 84 Ethics Charges Brought against him ,even while he was speaker of the House of Congress And was Forces to resign from Office. Would even run for President In the First place, You would think someone that kick out of Congress wouldn't be a loud to run for any Public Office of any kind. This Is Not to count the two wife's he Cheated on. This Is Not who I would want to run this great Country.
This man is part of the problem not the solution.He cares only about his rich friends.No help to the unemployed but tax break for his friends.Its really sad to have such people running for office.
What a disaster this would be !!
What a joke! Gingrich is a blustering blowhard full of hot air, hate, fear, lies and ignorance. He has no viable ideas to offer America, just a slavish devotion to his failed cult of tax cuts for the filthy rich and deregulation.
Is he in another reality!! He is an old dreamer who's time has come and gone. Yawn...........
CNN is speculating on what a GIngrich administration might be like. Perhaps it could also speculate on what life might be like if elephants suddenly grew gills and spent their entire lives underwater like fish.
Guys, I know that server space has come down radically in price, But... seriously.
Why is it that the radical right wants to rules for those with whom they have differences and total freedom from any government regulation for those who agree with them.
The other thing I wonder about – all the high sounding altruism coming from authoritarian libertarians is just bs. The main motivator for many in their movement is greed.
Gingrich noted, "enormous" differences between himself and President Barack Obama." The first difference is that President Obama IS THE PRESIDENT. President Obama is a real man and not some Old Blowhard" like Gingrich. President Obama is intelligent. President Obama does not lie to the people. President Obama does not have to instill fear in the population to get people so scared of the opposition that they will do whatever they are told. President Obama has moral and family values and has had only ONE WIFE. Newt can go back home to Georgia and play with his grandchildren if they are not scared to play with him.
Honestly I've seen the films "Armegeddon" and "Deep Impact" and I would rather contmplate a meteor strike.
The pods welcoming back one of their own.
What a clown. He'd carry about 15 states in a presidential election against Obama, none of them consequential (e.g., Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Arizona, Alaska, Utah, Kentucky, Tennessee, etc.).
Speaking of movies I've seen "Jurassic Park" as well and if we are going to bring back dinosaurs I would prefer a velocieraptor or T-rex to Gingrich.
"In a Gingrich administration, he said, "Every American will have a chance to pursue happiness without being dictated to by bureaucrats, politicians and judges."
This does not apply to women or gays. And he does say the right to happiness, but he doesn't say anything about having enough food, medical care or a roof over your head. Don't worry – be happy!
A Loser can't become a winner after years of shunning family values for the joys of the flesh to lead our country!
All we get is garbage a man who was got fired from his speakership over the house. He is a professional womanizer who has had three wives. Cheated on his second wife and he thinks he is better that our President. At least the person in office has great family values. Newt just go the country has enough of guys like you who feel entitled to another free ride…..
Did you notice the guy is obese (and I don't mean just with his fat mouth)...sounds like a perfect republican candidate: can't control his own health, cheats on his wife; can't keep a relationship . In other words he's a hypocrite like most republicans.